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McDonald grades Raiders off Jets game

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders based on their performance against the New York Jets in a 37-27 loss. Here are McDonald’s grades and explanations:

Passing offense:
Matt McGloin finished 18 of 31 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but was 13 of 21 for 174 yards and threw both touchdowns in the second half. Had no first-half rhythm and was fortunate that an interception thrown out of his own end zone to Ed Reed resulted only in three points for the Jets. Rebounded nicely, though. Terrelle Pryor had two short completions (including a third-down conversion) in his lone drive. A career-high 130 yards receiving and seven catches for emerging wide receiver Rod Streater.

Grade: B-

Rushing offense:
Considering the skeleton crew the Raiders brought to New Jersey against one of the NFL’s top rushing defenses, it was better than expected. Marcel Reece had 19 carries for a career-high 123 yards including a 63-yard touchdown run. The Raiders had 150 yards in all, although the lion’s share came in the one big chunk. Not a lot of negative plays.

Grade: B-

Passing defense:
Receivers broke open all day for Geno Smith (16 of 25 for 219 yards, one touchdown, one interception), who found the Raiders the perfect tonic for an awful November. The Raiders got little or no defensive pressure, with safety Brandian Ross getting the lone sack. Jeremy Kerley’s 25-yard touchdown grab came in a glut of five along with one Jets receiver and three Raiders defensive backs. Kevin Burnett’s interception of Smith resulted on zero points because of a missed field-goal attempt.

Grade: D-

Rushing defense:
A team that has run often but not particularly well picked up steam late against the Raiders and finished with 32 carries for 145 yards. Smith had 50 yards on five rushes, including an 8-yard TD run, and even though the Raiders have a quarterback that runs the read option, their defense looked at times as if they had never seen it before. Chris Ivory (76 yards, 18 carries) carried defenders into the end zone on his 15-yard TD run.

Grade: D

Special teams:
A missed 52-yard field-goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski essentially negated Kevin Burnett’s interception, ruining a chance at an easy short-field score. Then to make matters worse, New York’s resulting possession on the 42-yard line was turned into a 58-yard scoring drive, with Smith hitting Kerley from 25 yards out. A blown blocking assignment led to a blocked punt by Anthony Allen that he also recovered for a touchdown.

Grade: F

Coaching:
Was there any area in which the Raiders looked like a sharp, well-prepared team ready to conquer their East Coast road demons? It almost appeared as if the Raiders took the Jets lightly, and they haven’t been good enough to take anyone lightly for a decade. No issues with McGloin getting the bulk of the quarterback work, but is there no scenario when he and Pryor are on the field at the same time? A playmaker of Pryor’s skill can’t be used?

Grade: F

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  • Gdog

    The new GM would fire DA, and we need the head coaching carousel to end. Lets wait a year… tell both Reggie and DA… “Playoffs or fired. “

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    There’s simply no excuse for the team being that flat and predictable yesterday. I like DA, but it isn’t working out.

  • The_Judge37

    Don’t rub it in, we’re all in the same gang. That’s the same as those being happy about Pryor’s or McGloins failures just to prove their own bloguments. Either way, we still lost.

  • RediaR

    No

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    LMAO the visual on that is blinding!

  • trogPOUNDA

    he probably gets paid more there than mark ever would

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No. He gets a B- or C+.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    D so far

  • RediaR

    Give me young and creative over super experienced any day.

  • The_Judge37

    That’s all stuff we don’t see, I don’t know how it directly affects the team postively or negatively, but I’d rather he focus on the Scouting department. Because I know that directly affects team performance. Or yea, replace him with someone who will/can

  • Platypus

    Reg stays
    DA goes
    It’s the way of the NFL

  • trogPOUNDA

    but who is he going to throw to. we need an impact wideout

  • eastoaklandraider

    it can work in the pros you just need the right coach to implement it.

  • lefty12

    Romo just said you don’t judge a QB by the way he can throw the ball.The guy is brain dead.

  • Gdog

    We agree on something.. wow

  • RediaR

    So you don’t allow Reggie to pick his own coach for 2014? He has to stick with the coach he decided on 2 years previously that has proven to not be up to the job?

  • Jim Jesus

    lmao too

  • DutchRaid

    What did you think of Reece running the ball? Yeah, too many helmet to helmet hits for Romo…

  • jumpnjiminy

    FYI…according to Cork, this comment blog might get shut down in the near future thanks to the racist idiots that will have ruined it for the rest of us happy go lucky Raider fans…we’ll have to find a bar where we can all meet in on game day!….yaa right.

  • Jim Jesus

    Your hot today 666 LOL

  • RediaR

    and a time machine that can let you play in the 1920s.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    This may be the third sign of the apocalypse. Next: torrents of fire at the O.co…

  • RediaR

    O.co does not support internet piracy.

  • The_Judge37

    Niether of them are going anywhere. Reggie is affraid to fire DA for fear of looking like the Old Man, Mark is affraid to fire Reggie for the same reason. One of the two his going to have to grow a pair and make the bold move.

  • trogPOUNDA

    seriously what is wrong with some people. this is the one place i can come and vent my frustrations with other fans. its therapeutic. enough with the racist troll crap

  • Gdog

    Three of the last five games he has been in PFF’s “red” I wonder if he is getting worn down? He’s still our highest rated defensive player… and 10th in the league at his position. So if we let him walk, how do we UPGRADE the position?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I just started patronizing Raider-Forums.com (after the RaiderFans.net owner turned into total d-bag). SilverAndBlackPride.com is also good.

  • trogPOUNDA

    peyton throws a lot of ducks but somehow they get there with accuracy

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    And last night, Kell made a direct physical threat to Steve Corkran. That was the final straw.

  • RediaR

    Conjecture

  • lefty12

    He did a good job,Maybe that is the position he should play.He and Jennings are a nice 1-2 punch with Murray coming back next year.

  • trogPOUNDA

    so stupid. cork does a great job thats why im here.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Thanks for that information. Maybe all of the ‘decent’ fans can follow you over to one of those forums and still be able to have ‘spirited’ discussions about the Raiders good or bad!

  • Rico Stifler

    Keep those college coaches in college, please.

  • jumpnjiminy

    How creepy…and I think that was the Kell ‘imposter’.

  • trogPOUNDA

    ya murray, reece and jennings would be a pretty solid backfield. or maybe try and find a scatback gio bernard, sproles, woodhead type late in the draft to complement the power

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Mark likes Reggie personally, was recommended Reggie by his good friends Ron Wolf and John Madden, and knows how much heat he took in the national media for hiring the first guy he interviewed. He wants Reggie to be a success on multiple levels and will give him a LONG leash.

    DA, on the other hand? We started this rebuilding season strong, but the rest of the NFL has adjusted to what we’re doing and we haven’t adjusted back. That’s on the coaching staff.

    I think DA goes after this season (unless he can win two out of his last three, and I’m not optimistic), and Reggie brings in the known (to him) quantity in Winston Moss. Moss, not really knowing offense, brings in newly-fired Dolphins HC and former Pack OC Joe Philbin to run the O.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Brahs, are you serious about Krappy threatening Cork? Like dang, hella dang

    Cork is waaay cool, we’ve been emailing and are working on a huge Dawg surprise for the off season that’s going to rock all of your nutz off

    Where’s the Old Troll at? The Dawg is going to REGULATE this here situation

    WRECKS N EFFECT

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No, it was the real Kell, listed at over 1300 posts (the imposter had just over 100).

  • Rico Stifler

    De’Anthony Thomas is probably the best one in the draft.

    Although, I want to draft Lache Seastrunk to be our main back.

  • plunkhead

    Keep DA and Reg. Hire a pro to oversee the org, give him a year to decide what to do with DA/RM

  • RediaR

    Will go too high

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Wrong torrents. LOL.

  • DutchRaid

    Yeah, on paper having Murray and Reece as split backs sounds pretty interesting…

  • eastoaklandraider

    philly seems happy with chip and his style

  • Rico Stifler

    I’d rather keep RM, fire DA and hire an experienced HC like Lovie Smith.

  • plunkhead

    What did KK threaten to do? Eat a bunch of cat schiit and throw rocks at cork?

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Jerry gave the coaching staff an F ?? screw you Fat Kidd!

  • jumpnjiminy

    Wow…how sad.

  • The_Judge37

    Mark’s problem is that he went based off the opinions of Ron Wolf and Madden, both in their 80′s. I don’t think Mark would know where to begin in actually looking for a GM. But if Reggie is scared to make the move on the HC, which is still very much his mistake in the first place, then Mark will have step up.
    Like I said, one of them is going to have to man up and make the “Unpopular” choice in the eyes of the media.